Visit to Qatar

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after my first visit to the country of Qatar. The government of Qatar hosted the conference, and underwrote travel and accommodation. Mada: Qatar Assistive Technology Center Since the conference didn’t get formally going until noon on Sunday, I had the chance to squeeze in a morning visit to Qatar’s ICT Ministry. I was glad when they agreed to host me: it turns out that Sunday in Qatar is the first day of the work week. I’m on the plane heading back to the U.S.

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Addressing Arabic: The Web Gets More Local Thanks to the Qatar Domains Registry


This trend is about making the web more targeted and meaningful to local audiences, primarily in terms of language and culture. Influence QatarNo doubt you’ve experienced the web’s evolution toward a more social and mobile space. We share and consume content in more ways and across a greater variety of devices than ever before. You may have heard less about localization – another way the web is evolving.

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Bookshare without Borders: #3/3

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The second blog post looked at our growing Bookshare Spanish-language program. Now another important aspect of our strategy for enhancing Bookshare’s new language capabilities is developing the capacity to handle non-European scripts and languages so that the content may be presented in its original form in our members’ native languages. Digitally processing Arabic-language content is no easy task.

Our WIPO Statement on the Treaty for Access for People with Disabilities

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For example, all residents with the qualifying disabilities in Australia, Denmark and Qatar, to pick just three examples, now have free access to Bookshare thanks to our joint efforts with local and national disability groups in these countries. Bookshare now has hundreds of titles in Hindi, Tamil, and Spanish, and we recently announced a partnership with the government of Qatar to develop an Arabic language service.

Bookshare International Now Serves Thirty Countries

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Our Bookshare team has also been working on a special project with Qatar’s Mada Assistive Technology Center to add Arabic-language books to the collection. People with print disabilities around the world have a right to high-quality ebooks that they can read with assistive technology. Benetech’s Bookshare library continues to expand its international service providing accessible books and publications to members in more than 30 countries.

Benetech: President's Update

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Through a funded partnership with the Mada Center in Qatar, in 2011 we will pilot Arabic language capability and content, enabling Bookshare to start serving readers throughout the Arabic-speaking world. President’s Update Fall 2011 Don’t be surprised, but we’re picking up the pace of change at Benetech! The world’s problems are many, and we keep seeing opportunities for technologists to address those problems effectively.

Betsy Beaumon on Benetech's Literacy Program

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We hope to work on this thorny challenge further with our partner, the Mada Center, in Qatar, and benefit others throughout the region, such as the members served by our new partner, Emirates Association for the Visually Impaired, in the United Arab Emirates. We’ve increased our Spanish collection, with thousands more Spanish titles coming soon from our partner Random House Mondadori, one of the largest Spanish language publishers in the world.